Sick of being lectured by middle class city dwellers “who have two plants on their balcony.”
Farmers in the Netherlands are staging a new revolt against restrictions on livestock related to climate change, with one telling the state broadcaster how he is sick of being lectured about nature by middle class city dwellers “who have two plants on their balcony.”
The demonstrations began earlier this month after the Dutch government announced that Dutch livestock farming should be slashed by up to 50% to meet commitments on reducing nitrogen emissions.
Farmers were irate after learning that the same restrictions would not apply to the aviation industry.
Farmers are back for another big protest in the Netherlands. Thousands of tractors are driving on the highways right now and causing traffic jams across the whole country. This time not only the police but also the dutch army is trying to stop the #boerenprotest with roadblocks. pic.twitter.com/Qkk0zIM5vC
— Paploo (@Paploo968) October 16, 2019
Farmers also argue that their crucial role in food production is being overlooked and that they are being blamed for climate change.
— TA Hettinga (@TaHettinga) October 16, 2019
Bij het station komen nog meer boeren uit Groningen aan. Publiek juicht toe: ‘BOEREN, BOEREN, BOEREN’ #boerenprotest #rtvnoord pic.twitter.com/XCyeMnFgYc
— Martin Drent (@martindrent) October 16, 2019
Middle and upper class Extinction Rebellion demonstrators have been clogging major cities for over a week demanding more of the very thing farmers in the Netherlands have been protesting against.